With the sticky heat of summer slowly creeping in, you’ll find yourself reaching for a treat to help you cool down…but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Check out these 8 satisfying Korean summer desserts, drinks, and snacks that are as tasty as they are refreshing.
1. Bingsu (빙수)
Bingsu, known as shaved ice, is one of Korea’s most well-known desserts.
Coming in a variety of flavors, the most common are melon, mango, chocolate, matcha, among others. Drizzle with condensed milk and share with friends for the ultimate summer treat!
2. Dalgona Coffee (달고나 커피)
This trendy whipped coffee can easily be made at home.
Using the four simple ingredients of instant coffee, sugar, hot water, and milk, give it a try to feel instantly refreshed.
3. Ice Cream Waffle
Places like The Very Waffle in Seoul offer waffles folded in half with your choice of ice cream inside.
This doesn’t mean you can’t recreate it at home, though! All you need is your favorite waffle mix and whichever ice cream flavor you prefer. Optionally, you can garnish with ice cream sprinkles, fruit, or nuts.
4. Melona Bars
Melona bars are another well-known dessert in Korea, popularized through their appearance in various Korean dramas.
They also come in a variety of flavors like coconut, banana, strawberry, and mango.
5. Ice Cream Bungeoppang (아이스 크림 붕어빵)
This fish-shaped pastry is upgraded when filled with ice cream.
However, when filled with red bean paste, it’s also a satisfying sweet snack!
6. Banana-flavored Milk
Sometimes the most refreshing summer treat is the most obvious!
This adorable drink will satisfy your sweet cravings while also providing you with some essential nutrients.
7. Honey Bread
Try Caffè Bene‘s honey bread with a friend on a late summer night for a filling dessert!
This unique cream soda-like carbonated beverage is so unique, you have to try it at least once.